The truth is- I like this film
18 March 2004
Frankie 'Angel' McGuire (Brad Pitt) is a wanted IRA soldier who is sent to New York City from Belfast to purchase a massive amount of weapons. Through a NY judge, with his new identity 'Rory Devaney', McGuire stays with an Irish American family, the master being Tom O'Meara (Harrison Ford), a sympathetic police officer. Their friendship is quickly formed, but when a group of masked men breaks in the house of the O'Mearas, O'Meara begins to suspect McGuire's true identity and his purpose of coming to America. When he finds out the truth, he is determined to bring McGuire in, but wants to keep him alive, not being executed by either the US or the British government.

Maybe somebody was right- Pitt seems too nice to be an IRA gunman...but I've never met one in my whole life, how do I know what they are like? People say Pitt's accent is bad. However, forgive me, I cannot tell, although I was in Belfast for one week and met some locals, I can't see why his accent is judged as 'that bad'. I've never been in a riot or a shooting on the streets of Belfast, I can't say whether the one depicted in this film is true to life or not. Forgive me if I'm being naive, but I like this film. I think it's very poignant, albeit I must admit that I am not familiar with how the IRA do their business in the USA, except that I've read a few books about the Troubles and I have been to Belfast.

McGuire's mission is to ship the weaponry back to Northern Ireland, and O'Meara has to stop him...one thing I can tell, this is a typical Hollywood movie, but it's not a dodgy one. It somewhat beautifies the character Frankie McGuire perhaps, nevertheless, this film is far better than many other junk flicks. What I reckon is, this movie has compassion within it. I personally think this film is well made and well acted.

Note that little Frankie watches his father shot dead by a Loyalist paramilitary assassin right before him and the rest of his family while having dinner. This was extremely common throughout the 1970s in Northern Ireland, carried out by both sides- the Republicans and the Loyalists, as punishment. The full-length version of the theme song 'God Be with You', by Dolores O'Riordan, which is only available on the soundtrack album, is profoundly moving.

The ending is sad. Very sad. Forgive me if I'm being over-sentimental again.
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